GERM 2212 - German IISB: Language

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

Building on German IISA, this course is aimed to further develop students' proficiency in the four language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing - through a combination of readings and reproductive and creative exercises. It also aims to enhance students' intercultural understanding through the use of authentic texts that focus on aspects of contemporary society in German-speaking countries and promote comparison and discussion.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GERM 2212
    Course German IISB: Language
    Coordinating Unit German Studies
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites GERM 2011 or GERM 2211 or equivalent
    Incompatible GERM 2012
    Course Description Building on German IISA, this course is aimed to further develop students' proficiency in the four language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing - through a combination of readings and reproductive and creative exercises. It also aims to enhance students' intercultural understanding through the use of authentic texts that focus on aspects of contemporary society in German-speaking countries and promote comparison and discussion.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Judith Wilson

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will have:
    1) a language proficiency in German corresponding to Level B2 of the Common European Framework for Languages
    2) a deeper knowledge and understanding of the structure and conventions governing the use of German and an ability to use them to communicate effectively in an extended range of situations and for an extended range of purposes
    3) a deeper knowledge and critical understanding of aspects of German culture and society and the way in which they are represented
    4) the ability to make effective use of the available resources for German and German Studies to answer questions and explore problems relating to German language, society and culture
    5) the ability ot extract, synthesis and critically evaluate information from written and spoken sources relating to German and German Studies and to organise and present the material in a clear, effective and timely manner
    6) the ability to work independently and cooperatively to explore issues relating to German language, society and culture and their wider impact
    7) a good foundation for further study and research in German language and culture and for travel, study or work in a German-speaking environment.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 3
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4, 5
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 6
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 7
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Koithan, Ute et. al., Aspekte 2. Mittelstufe Deutsch (B2) (Langenscheidt) You need to have 1) Lehrbuch 2) Arbeitsbuch
    The course book Aspekte 2. Mittelstufe Deutsch. Niveau B2. Lehrbuch 2 / Arbeitsbuch 2 (Langenscheidt 2008), is designed to further develop the four language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing - through a combination of readings and reproductive and creative exercises. At the same time, it aims to enhance intercultural understanding through the use of authentic cultural texts that focus on aspects of contemporary life in German-speaking countries and promote comparison and discussion.
    We will start work with this text and associated materials straight away so it is important that you purchase it before the beginning of the semester if you don't have it already.
    Recommended Resources
    Students intending to proceed to higher years are strongly advised to ensure they have access to a good dictionary. Check this site to see what is available: http://www.germanprofessor.org/dictionaries/
    See also Online Learning
    Online Learning
    For a list of online resources click on Library – Resource Guides – German Studies Resources.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The modes of teaching and learning employed in the course are largely classroom-based and face-to-face. They include:
    1) a language workshop designed to extend students’ comprehension, their command of written German and their understanding of German grammar and its application
    2) a conversation tutorial designed to enable students to increase their vocabulary on the topics treated in the language workshop, to practise speaking German and to develop their active command of the spoken language

    Students are encouraged to take personal responsibility for their learning through:
    1) independent personal study
    2) independent computer-based learning
    3) online access to other resources
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Below are the hours per week students are expected to devote to their German studies in addition to the 3 contact hours.

    Homework & Test Preparation (6)
    Tutorial Preparation & Vocab Learning: (3)
    Learning Activities Summary
    A detailed program for the language workshop and tutorial will be provided at the beginning of the semester. 
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Students will be given the opportunity to work independently and cooperatively to explore questions and issues that arise in the course and to embark on their own quest to discover more about aspects of contemporary Germany and the German language.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment for the course will include homeworks, a mid-semester test, an end-of-semester test in Week 13, oral work, possibly vocab tests, and an oral presentation.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Language workshops – students are expected to attend all classes. In all cases, it is the student’s responsibility to contact their lecturer or course coordinator about their absence and to ensure that they get any material that may have been handed out in the class/es missed. Students who require alternative arrangements for tests or extensions for assignments must notify staff before the due date and must provide evidence that they have legitimate medical or compassionate grounds for their request.

    Conversation tutorial – as the tutorial mark is based on participation and performance, attendance is compulsory. Students who are obliged to miss a tutorial are asked to provide their tutor with a reason. 
    Assessment Detail

    Detailed information will be provided in the Course Profile on MyUni.

    Submission
     Detailed information will be provided in the Course Profile on MyUni.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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